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Library is closed today due to weather conditions

201 Main Street is closed but library online services are always available. Get onboard and visit the library! Read or listen to a good book, browse magazines, study a language, do research and much more. Thousands of downloadable ebooks and audio books can be found at; hundreds of magazines and newspapers (current and historic) are available at Discover all of the library’s online services at
So, come on in and enjoy your virtual library.
We hope to be open tomorrow; call or check our website to be sure we are open.

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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month


Do you have a library card? Do all the children you know have library cards? Stop in to the library, at 34 West Water Street, to get a library card if you don’t already have one or if your old one has expired, and celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month. All children ages 5 and up are eligible for their very own library card. For more information, call (631)725-0049.

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What Would You Call It?

Online Reference is one of the richest, and most amazing resources available at the library. It is also one of the most underused. We, the library staff, are  confounded by this paradox…now more than ever.  JJML Home PageYou see, we have all just attended a staff training course to better familiarize us with the wealth of information available to library users  on our website.  What we discovered, or rediscovered, is that a wealth of surprising, informative, practical facts and services are freely and easily accessible there.
Here are a few things you can find or do in the online reference section of our website (Note: some of these links require you to login with your library card barcode number and JJML account password*):

and so much more it would be impossible to list it all here.

So what’s the problem?  Why aren’t more people taking advantage of the availability of this free service?  We’re not sure, but we think one issue might be the name we gave it on our website: “Online Reference.” It’s just not a very friendly name. We suspect that very few people know what it means, or are aware of the incredibly useful stuff that is hidden there. We also think the word “reference” may put some people off. It sounds like it’s only for students, scholars, professors, or others who are into serious research.  So we’re planning to rename the section, but…

We’ve been down this road before (it used to be called “Virtual Reference” and we’ve also referred to it as our “Virtual Branch,” which is even less clear). Given that history, we know that our ideas about what to call it probably won’t improve things much. We think a better plan is to ask you, our loyal customers, blog readers and Facebook fans. What do you think we should name this section of our website to make it more user-friendly? What would get people to actually click on the link?

Let us know your ideas for a new name for the Online/Virtual Reference section of our website. Please leave your suggestions in the comment section of this blog post, or on our Facebook page. To thank you for your help, if we pick your suggestion to be used on our website, you’ll get your choice of either a 32GB USB flash drive, or a wireless mouse. Please get your suggestions to us by April 30, 2013.

*If you don’t currently have a JJML password, click here to create one.

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New Genealogy Resource

   Genealogy is my favorite pastime.  I love to page through antique books and search out wills and things that contain lists of the offspring of our ancestors.  Now I’ve discovered that some of  the books we research have been digitized and are available online. is one place to go.  In the search box, enter the book you are looking for, for example: “History of the Town of Southampton,”  then select “texts” in the next field and “GO.”   Select your book and enter.  The next page has a nice red, white and blue format.  To view the book, select the format you prefer, e.g  PDF ,EPUB,  Kindle, etc.  Almost instantly, you have the book in front of you!  Just scroll down, move almost to the bottom and you will find the index, or enter the family name you are researching in the search box.  Have fun!


You Now have FULL Access to through JJML

Have you ever been frustrated while browsing because you can’t get full access to their website unless you have a paid subscription?  Those days are over!  You now have full access to through the library’s Online Reference. To use the website: Go to, select OnlineReference and scroll down to  Click on either “Access from Anywhere” or “In-Library Access Only” …and enjoy.

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Borrow an e-Reader

Take Home an e-Reader. A Kindle or a Nook loaded with books. Ask at the circulation desk for a list of installed books.

A Kindle and a Nook are now available for loan to JJML cardholders.

If you’ve wanted to try an e-Reader such as the Kindle from or Barnes & Noble’s Nook, but weren’t ready to buy one before testing the waters, you can now borrow one from JJML. We now have a Kindle and a Nook, each loaded with about 20 e-books available for patrons to borrow.

The Kindle has  an assortment of contemporary fiction as well as a few classic novels, while the Nook is loaded with 15 non-fiction titles and a few classic novels as well.

The e-Readers are available to any John Jermain cardholder 18 years of age or older. The loan period is 14 days…the same as for a print book. After that, one 5-day renewal is available if there are no holds on the reader. A list of the books available on each device is available at the front desk. Or, you can search our online catalog for “Kindle” or “Nook” to see the titles installed on each.

If you borrow one of the e-Readers, please be aware of the following rules:

  1. Do not install anything on the device. These e-Readers are available only for reading the books that are installed on them by the library.
  2. When you return the e-Reader, do NOT put it in the bookdrop. These must be returned at the circulation desk.

If you would like to read a book not yet installed on one of our e-Readers, please request that the library purchase the book. These requests can be made at the circulation desk, or by e-mail to

And, of course, for those who already own an e-Reader, JJML’s Live-brary download service continues to provide a wide assortment of e-books that can be borrowed for reading on your own device.

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Everyone’s Raving About It

Water-view quiet reading and study tables at JJML's temporary location at 34 W. Water St.

Quiet reading and study tables with a water view at JJML's temporary location at 34 W. Water St.

Have you been to our warm, bright comfortable temporary library space at 34 West Water Street yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Everyone who’s been here raves about it. Come borrow a  laptop computer and sit at one of these water-view tables while you browse the internet on our free WiFi network.

While your here you can check out the latest DVD releases, peruse our e-book catalog, read the newspaper or do the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle (we have extra copies available), or even send a fax from our brand-new Konica-Minolta copier. Yes, we now offer reasonably priced faxing! ($1.25 for the first page, $1.00 for each subsequent page.)

Having trouble finding us? Many people have commented that they’ve had difficulty finding our new location. Part of the confusion is that while our address is 34 West Water St., almost all maps, GPS devices and mapping services such as MapQuest show this location as Long Island Avenue, not West Water St. So, if you’re looking us up, electronically, plug in 34 Long Island Ave., and you’re more likely to get accurate directions. And remember, we’re across the street from the post office, and next door to the Pilates studio. (Look for the red sign above and slightly to the right of our entrance.) To view our location on a map, just click on the link below.

MapQuest map of 34 Long Island Avenue (also known as 34 W. Water St.)

Or, just call us at 725-0049, and we’ll point you in the right direction.